Private Rental Housing (Housing Choice Voucher / Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, was created by Congress in 1974. The HCV program is the largest affordable housing program in the United States and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HCV / Section 8 program provides rental assistance to families, the elderly and persons with special needs who have incomes up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

Vouchers enable participants to receive a subsidy, while leasing from their choice of landlords in the private market. The rental assistance is designed so that families are not forced to spend an unreasonable portion of the monthly income on shelter. The HCV / Section 8 program also allows families the flexibility to select the community or neighborhood in which they live.


HCV / Section 8 Wait List (CLOSED)


  1. Applicant ranking is available at
  2. SPHA staff will not inform applicants of their ranking. Applicants must find this information at
  3. If your log in for the OWL system is not working, you must e-mail the software Tech Support at
  4. If you made a mistake on your submitted application or need to make a change, applicants must notify SPHA in writing. Applicants cannot make changes via telephone.
  5. You must keep your e-mail address you entered on the application ACTIVE, as SPHA may communicate with you via this address. Be sure you add to your ‘Safe Senders’ list on your e-mail account. If you have a change in e-mail address, you must notify SPHA in writing of your new e-mail address.

Please Note: Failure to submit a change of address will result in your name being removed from the wait list. Click HERE for the Change of Address form.


Information for HCV / Section 8 Residents

Contact Your Housing Specialist

To find your Housing Specialist, please refer to this updated list of caseloads (PDF) and look for the first letters of your last name. For office directions, map, and bus routes, click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please download the following PDF file for a list of questions asked by applicants about the HCV / Section 8 program and their answers, including what to expect when you are selected from the wait list and what to bring to your annual recertification appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions - Section 8


Important Forms for Residents

The Interim Change Form should be completed at any time a tenant has a change in income and/or household composition. For an interim change, please download the following PDF file and submit all completed pages to your caseworker.

Required Interim Change Form


The Personal Declaration Form is required for all new enrollees prior to tenancy and thereafter at their annual recertification review. 

Personal Declaration Form


The following Authorization for the Release of Information / Privacy Act Notice allows HUD and the housing authority to verify your eligibility and level of benefits under HUD’s assisted housing programs.

Authorization for the Release of Information / Privacy Act Notice


Finding Available Apartments

SPHA has partnered with to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential HCV / Section 8 tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market.

Tenants, click here to search the rental listings.

You can also search for available housing in your community online at


Income Limits and Verification

HUD's Income Limits

A Guide for Applicants & Tenants of Public Housing & Section 8 Program (relating to HUD's Enterprise Income Verification system)


Utility Allowances

Utility Allowances - Section 8 HCV


Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)

SPHA believes that all people should have equal access to the housing of their choice and conducts our business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing law. For more information about fair housing and your rights, please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing / Equal Opportunity website at


SPHA Section 8 Administrative Plan

SPHA Section 8 Administrative Plan


Hurricane and Other Disaster Preparedness

With the start of this year’s hurricane season on June 1, SPHA is encouraging our residents to prepare for potential emergency situations. While events like hurricanes, floods and fires are frightening to consider, having a disaster plan in place can help families react more calmly to the unexpected and can reduce the loss of life and damage to property in the event of an emergency.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season



Other Voucher Programs

HUD-VASH Vouchers

Working in partnership with the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), SPHA issues housing vouchers to eligible homeless veterans, providing them with an income-based rental subsidy, through the federally funded U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. SPHA administers a total of 275 HUD-VASH vouchers. Veterans participating in this program also are required to work with Bay Pines VAMC case managers to help them move towards independence and to sustain self-sufficiency. For more information about this program and its eligibility requirements, please contact Bay Pine’s VASH Coordinators at 727-398-6661.


Project-Based Vouchers

The goal of HUD’s Project-Based Voucher program is to expand the availability of higher quality affordable housing units to the elderly, disabled individuals and homeless military veterans. Under the Project-Based Voucher program, the housing authority enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term.

SPHA currently is administering the following voucher programs:

  • 105 project-based vouchers for the low-income elderly (55 years and older) residents of Bay Pointe Tower (formerly Serenity Towers)
  • 162 project-based vouchers for qualified elderly (55 and older) residents of the Philip Benjamin Tower
  • 40 project-based vouchers for the homeless at the Pinellas Hope II transitional housing facility
  • 23 project-based vouchers for Boley Centers, Inc. and Catholic Charities for veterans' housing

Click on the following link for Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about the Project-Based Voucher program.


Please call our office at 727-323-3171 (please open this PDF for extensions) or e-mail us at Thank you!

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Section 8 in the Community

SPHA is required by HUD to reduce the concentration of poverty in certain areas within our jurisdiction, which includes the City of St. Petersburg and a 10-mile radius of the city. Click here to download a map of the concentration of housing vouchers within SPHA's jurisdiction (PDF).



Please Be Advised

Please be advised there are websites that offer online government applications for Section 8 or Public Housing for a fee. These websites have no affiliation with and are not endorsed by SPHA, other local housing authorities, or HUD. SPHA accepts no responsibility or liability for applications retrieved, downloaded or paid for from unrelated websites.


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